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Friday, December 15, 2017

Police Shoot a Lot More People Than Previously Known

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

A new investigation reveals that the number of people being shot—and shot at—by police is troubling.

Paul Krugman: The GOP Must Detest the Working Class

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The language of Republicans' regressive new tax bill points to one logical conclusion.

Republicans Just Made It a Lot Harder for Restaurant Workers to Fight Big Chains

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

The ruling also makes it more difficult for employees to unionize.

Doug Jones Would Have Won by Tens of Thousands More Votes If Participation Hadn't Been Blocked and Undermined

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

An extraordinary Twitter thread explains how GOP Secretary of State John Merrill deprived many of their right to vote.

Dustin Hoffman Faces Disturbing New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

By Stephanie Convery, The Guardian

The Academy Award winner has been accused of exposing himself to a minor and assaulting two others.

Trump's Popularity Is Plummeting Among Fox News Viewers

By Jessica Kwong, Newsweek

A new poll finds his net favorability has dropped from 90 to 58 percent since June.

Seth Meyers Still Isn't Sure What Omarosa Actually Did at the White House

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The "Late Night" host bids hilarious farewell to the former reality television star.

Trump Praises Putin and Rants Incoherently About the FBI from White House Lawn

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The president was all over the place during an impromptu press conference Friday.

Small Farmers Voted for Trump in 2016—Now They're Taking Him to Court

By Walter Einenkel, DailyKos

A new lawsuit aims to preserve an Obama-era protection from predatory tariffs.

Jesus Christ's Hometown of Nazareth Just Canceled Christmas Because of Trump

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The Muslim-majority city will be protesting the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

What's It Gonna Be, White America? Will You Side with Roy Moore or Those Who Oppose Him?

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

The Alabama election has forced the country to make a moral choice.

The 3 States Best Positioned to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Next year should see more legal marijuana states and also the first state to legalize pot at the statehouse.

7 Times Trump Professed His Undying Admiration for Vladimir Putin

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Yet the president's geopolitical bromance goes unrequited.

If the Trump Revolution Is Possible, So Is a Progressive One

By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus

The increased tempo of the GOP's snatch and grab in recent days suggests that they're feeling a certain desperation.

How the Right-Wing Media Totally Distorted Positive News on Climate Change

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Economist Michael Grubb says media climate deniers are at it again.

Trump Is Radically Reshaping the American Court System as We Know It

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The president's myriad appointees will be swaying case law for decades to come.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Humiliates Herself Defending the Trump Administration's 'Diversity'

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

Omarosa's departure leaves a single African American in the president's Cabinet.

In Alabama, Black Women Saved America From Itself—as They've Always Tried to Do

By Charlene White, The Guardian

African-American women came out in droves and voted 98% against Roy Moore, preventing what could have been a huge wrong.

Trump Is a Master Game-Changer, but Not the Kind You May Think

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

Trump is the perfect cover for the billionares' plan to change the American game.

Doug Jones' Lesson for Democrats: Voters Want a Vision

By Charlie May, Salon

With a major victory in Alabama, Democrats must utilize their momentum and put forth a message for voters.

Charter School Teachers Are Organizing (and Joining Forces with Public School Counterparts)

By Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

Unions are the place for millennials looking to make their voices heard.

This Is When You Should Unfriend Someone on Facebook, According to Aristotle

By Alexis Elder, The Conversation

In our divisive political climate, many people are asking this question.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Is Paul Ryan Planning to Step Down as Speaker of the House?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

A new report suggests he could call it quits if the GOP passes its draconian tax bill.

The Right Is Attempting to Roll Back the 20th Century

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Author Nancy MacLean says Koch brothers and GOP want a new Gilded Age.

Roy Moore Lost Because Christians Are Better Than the Bible

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Thoughtful Alabama Christians stepped across the divide.

The GOP's 10 Biggest Social Media Blunders of 2017

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

From Ted Cruz to the Trump White House, Republicans created plenty of cringe-worthy moments online.

A Republican Civil War Has Erupted in Angry Blame Game Over Moore Defeat

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

In the growing battle between Bannon and McConnell, Trump can’t win.

Steve Bannon Is Self-Immolating Before Our Very Eyes

By Simon Maloy, Media Matters

The press considers him a Machiavellian genius. Alabama just proved otherwise.

Salma Hayek Claims Harvey Weinstein Coerced Her Into Sex Scene in Harrowing Personal Essay

By Shirley Gomez, Latin Times

The actress cites the #MeToo movement for deciding to share her story.

Watch This Republican Economist Squirm as He's Forced to Admit the Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Trump adviser Stephen Moore finally concedes what we've known all along.

The Alt-Right Is Melting Down in the Wake of Roy Moore's Stunning Defeat

By Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek

At least one prominent white supremacist has vowed revenge against the GOP establishment.

Can Democrats Extend the Wave That Swept Doug Jones Into Office in 2018?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

What Alabama's special Senate election tells us about Democrats' chances in 2018.

Donald Trump Loses It if Aides Even Mention Russian Interference: Report

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Officials say the very subject takes the president "off the rails" during intel briefings.

Too Many Women Think They Suffer Personal Issues Alone Until They Speak Out; It's Time to Change That

By Claudia Chan, Da Capo Press

Personal problems won’t get solved unless we're courageous enough to take positive action.

Roger Stone Is Convinced That Robert Mueller Will Be Donald Trump's Demise

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

"It’s painfully obvious Mueller will bring charges."

The Myanmar Army Is Slaughtering Rohingya by the Thousands

By , AFP

A new reports estimates 6,700 have been killed in the first month of the crackdown.

Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert Legally Banned from Being Alone with Minors

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

A federal judge issued the order without explanation.

DeRay McKesson Is Suing Fox News and Jeanine Pirro for Defamation

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The activist alleges he's been falsely accused of inciting violence at a Louisiana protest.

How Healthy Is Your State? The Disparities Are Stark

By Megan Thielking, STAT

Massachusetts is the healthiest state, while Mississippi ranks last.

Give Your Values This Holiday Season: Buy Mexican

By Ruth Conniff, AlterNet

Sending dollars across the border offers a pushback to Trump's ugly, anti-Mexican rhetoric.

ALEC Gives Top Award to Legislator Jailed for Trying to Sneak Loaded Gun on to Plane

By David Armiak, Center for Media and Democracy

Firearms are only allowed on planes if they are unloaded and properly stored in checked baggage, but Lori Saine thought she was above the law.

Trumped-Up Charges: Feds Try to Criminalize Inauguration Day Protest

By Matthew Sheffield, Salon

Federal prosecutors go after protesters and journalists—while admitting they committed no violent acts.

Tax Bill: Fossil Fuel Provision Would Personally Enrich Republican Lawmakers

By David Sirota, International Business Times

The rich get richer and the earth gets hurt.

Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

By Ken Schwencke, ProPublica

The FBI relies on local law enforcement to report bias-motivated crimes, but many agencies fumble this task.

Why 'Feminism' Is the Word of the Year

By Grace Guarnieri, Newsweek

Nearly a year since the Women's March, feminism remains relevant enough for Merriam-Webster to deem it the most-looked-up word of the year.

Charter Schools Are Making School Segregation Worse—And Their Supporters Need to Own Up to That

By Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report

By not addressing segregation, charter school advocates are turning off the stove when the house is going up in flames.

Debate Over 'Black Pete' Is Forcing the Netherlands to Reconsider Its Values

By Suzanne Van Geuns, Religion Dispatches

It's time for the Dutch to retire a racist Christmas tradition.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Communists Sweep the Nepali Elections, a Blow to the Establishment Parties

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

Their competition was wracked by corruption scandals, infighting and a lack of vision.

Why Can't Alabama Republicans Admit Doug Jones Won Fair and Square?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A top election official insists Roy Moore is entitled to a recount. The law says otherwise.

Increasingly a Necessity: A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism

By Kali Holloway, Martin Mycielski, AlterNet

Rule #1: Always think critically and fight ignorance with facts.

The Crisis Ahead: The U.S. Is No Country for Older Men and Women

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Millions can no longer afford to retire, and may never be able when the GOP passes its tax bill.

Behold the Most Blistering Major Newspaper Editorial of Donald Trump's Disastrous Presidency

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

USA Today sounds off after the president insults Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter.

Republican Leaders Aren't Even Trying to Hide Their Immorality Lately

By Nancy Altman, Linda Benesch, The Huffington Post

Look at the party's budget, tax plans, attacks on health care and safety nets.

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Sticks a Giant Fork in Steve Bannon

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The silverware is out for Trump's former adviser after Roy Moore's stunning defeat.

3 Noxious Myths About the Poor That Republicans Are Using to Slash the Social Safety Net

By Michele Gilman, The Conversation

How can Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch look at themselves in the mirror?

Alabama Stunner: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Right-Wing Extremist Roy Moore in Photo Finish U.S. Senate Race

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Jones' win reveals that many Republicans want nothing to do with Trump and Bannon's politics.

Robert Reich: Alabama Could Be the Beginning of the End of America's National Nightmare

By Robert Reich,

Trump and his ilk have just been delivered their most powerful repudiation to date.

Omarosa Manigault Resigns Amid Reports of a Scene at the White House

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The reality TV star was a major surrogate for Trump during the 2016 election.

PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' Goes to Donald Trump

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

This is the third year in a row that Trump, or a lie spread by Trump, has won the top prize.

Christianity Today Editor: Evangelicals Have Forever 'Tarnished' Their Faith

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

The newspaper calls the religious community's support of Roy Moore "immoral."

Why We May Be Overhyping Terrorism

By Jessica Wolfendale, The Conversation

Killers are killers; it doesn't matter if the act was ideologically motivated or not.

Doug Jones Wouldn't Have Stood a Chance Without the Support of Black Women

By Marie Solis, Newsweek

An incredible 98 percent cast their ballots for the Democratic candidate.

In Major Cities, African Americans Have to Put Up With Especially Long Commutes

By Emily C. Bell, AlterNet

Gentrification and poor bus service are just two of the reasons.

How Coca-Cola Invented Christmas As We Know It

By Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet

The fat old white man clad in red is a marketing gimmick. Let's consider replacing him.

The Global Crisis That's Creating 21.5 Million Refugees Each Year

By Todd Miller, TomDispatch

How environmental destruction created a refugee crisis.

We Saved Net Neutrality Once—We Can Do It Again

By Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, YES! Magazine

Just a few years ago, powerful grassroots pressure rose up to protect a free and open internet.

Much-Hyped Success Academy Charter School Network Is Perfectly in Sync With Trumpian Times

By Andrea Gabor,

Success Academy is at the forefront of an anti-democratic movement to replace public schools with charters, while curtailing government oversight.

Looking Back: The Biggest Domestic Drug Policy Stories of the Past 20 Years

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Progress has been made on a number of fronts, but the war on drugs still grinds on.

Is Porn Making Religious Men More Tolerant of Women?

By Suraj Radhakrishnan, International Business Times

Researchers are unclear if these men have a more egalitarian attitude toward women because they watched porn, or if they watched porn because of their more egalitarian views toward women.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alabama Stunner: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Right-Wing Extremist Roy Moore in Photo Finish U.S. Senate Race

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Jones' win reveals that many Republicans want nothing to do with Trump and Bannon's politics.

Michigan Police Won't Explain Why They Arrested an 11-Year-Old Girl at Gunpoint

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

They were supposed to be after a 40-year-old woman.

Paul Krugman: The GOP Went Off the Deep End Years Ago

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Anyone who didn't see this monstrous tax bill coming wasn't paying attention.

Stephen Colbert Delivers the Jeanine Pirro Takedown to End All Jeanine Pirro Takedowns

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The Fox News host has had this coming for months.

Alabama Supreme Court Blocks Digital Ballot Preservation in Eleventh Hour

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The move ensures a hypothetical recount in the special Senate election will not be verified.

Nearing the End Game: The 6 Phases of Trump’s Plan to Fire Robert Mueller

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Republicans prepare to end the rule of law in America.

What Kind of Damage Is Trump's Diet Coke Habit Doing to His Health?

By Kate Sheridan, Newsweek

Diets sodas have been linked to a host of ailments including weight gain and dementia.

Did Donald Trump Just Sexually Harass Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter?

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

The New York senator has called on the president to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Editorial: Don't Let the Tech Giants Undermine AlterNet's Fight Against Trump

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

Independent journalism is more important than ever in the era of Trump.

Brain-Wave Treatment for Alzheimer's Is Promising, but the First Human Subject Is Left Behind

By Carolyn Weaver, AlterNet

An Alzheimer’s patient sees improvement‚ but declines again when the study ends.

The Trump Administration Is Ticking Off Big Oil's Wish List Item by Item

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian

There may as well not be an EPA as far as the major conglomerates are concerned.

Kirsten Gillibrand Fires Back After Trump's Revolting Twitter Smear

By Charlie May, Salon

"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines..."

Incentive for Terrorism: America Has Taken Nearly 70% of the World's Wealth Gains Since 2012

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

The super-rich are pillaging the world and making everyone less safe in the process.

Former Facebook Executive Criticizes Social Network For 'Destroying How Society Works'

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Chamath Palihapitiya warned that the social-media platform is “ripping apart the social fabric."

Robert Reich: We Can't Let Trump End Net Neutrality

By Robert Reich,

A corporate power grab as naked as this must be stopped at all costs.

For-Profit Medical Companies Are Making Tons of Money Taking Poor People's Blood

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

Donors hope to get $30 a pop for their plasma, but sometimes they aren't even paid what they're promised.

Roy Moore's Wife Defends Husband Against Charges of Anti-Semitism in Most Anti-Semitic Way Imaginable

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

Her obnoxious delivery made an awful moment even worse.

Nikki Haley Infuriated Trump with Show of Support for His Accusers: Report

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The U.N. ambassador claimed she was proud of their "strength" and "courage."

Blame the Media? The NY Times Coverage of Clinton v. Trump Was Lacking

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

According to Columbia Journalism Review, the most influential mainstream media was gossip-prone and failed to inform the public about what mattered.

Why Aren't Leaders Held Accountable for War as They Are Beginning to Be for Sexual Abuse?

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch

What’s puzzling is why that capacity for outrage and demand for accountability doesn’t extend to military folly that costs many thousands of lives.

Trump's Tweets of Anti-Muslim Videos Set the Stage for Jerusalem Speech

By Rashmee Roshan Lall, The Arab Weekly

The more dangerous message sought to be conveyed by the video represents the Trump administration's hostility toward Islam.

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

By Nina Martin, Renee Montagne, ProPublica, NPR Online

Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care.

The Republican Tax Bill Is a Poison Pill That Kills the New Deal

By Heather Cox Richardson,

Today’s Republicans would have fit right in to Herbert Hoover’s administration.

Patagonia Joins Native Tribes and Environmental Groups to Sue the Trump Administration Over Utah Land

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Trump's massive land grab is the largest elimination of protected land in U.S. history.

Monday, December 11, 2017

7 Enraging and Heartbreaking New Revelations from Trump's Accusers

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Three women spoke out today in the hopes America finally will listen.

Pelosi In a Bind As Momentum Grows on Impeachment

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

The House Minority leader wants to go slow on dumping Trump, while 58 House Democrats say the time has come.

Charles Blow: The GOP May Never Survive Roy Moore

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Republicans will be remembered for embracing an accused child molester.

Robert Reich Reveals the Biggest Threat to American Democracy You've Never Heard Of

By Robert Reich,

SLAPP lawsuits are emerging as one of the Trump administration's most dangerous weapons.

Trump's Enablers: A Leader This Malignant Stays in Power With a Lot of Help

By Eileen M. Russell, PhD, AlterNet

Trump's co-conspirators must be held responsible too .

The Elite Is Not Who You Think It Is—It Might Be You

By Darrick Hamilton & Christopher Famighetti , YES! Magazine

Forget about the 1 percent. Are you part of the top 20 percent of Americans who own 89 percent of our country’s wealth?

Was the Heated 2016 Democratic Primary Rigged for Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

By Lulu Friesdat, AlterNet

Newly uncovered data have shocked election experts and administrators.

A Victory for Clean Elections in Alabama Special Senate Election

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

An order by a Montgomery County judge means a recount, if needed, will be more credible.

If We Want Kids to Grow Up and Earn a Decent Living, Schools Should Teach Them to Organize Unions

By Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect

Malcolm Harris, author of Kids These Days, thinks the skills gap is bunk, and that real "career readiness" would prepare kids to stand up for themselves.

3 Trump Accusers Detail Their 'Gross and Dirty' Experience with the Former Reality Star

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

"Whether it was 15 minutes or not, it seemed like forever."

White House Staffers Are Cracking Under the Pressure of the Mueller Probe: Report

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president's confidence he'll be exonerated isn't shared by staff.

Carl Bernstein: Fox News Is 'Abetting a Cover-Up'

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

The Watergate journalist lays into the president's favorite news network.

Men Accused of Plotting Kansas Mosque Bombing Demand Jury of Trump Voters: Report

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

The defense is pulling out all the stops to get its clients off.

The Republican Tax Bill Is White Supremacy by Another Name

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Fiscal policy is never race-neutral, and the GOP's plutocratic legislation is no exception.

JPMorgan Chase Is Funding and Profiting From Private Immigration Prisons

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

The giant bank stands to benefit from the Trump administration's mass incarceration of immigrants.

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Delivers Her Most Disturbing Monologue of Trump's Presidency

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The television judge called on the president to "cleanse" the FBI and Department of Justice.

U.N. Official Shocked and Horrified by Poverty in Rural Alabama

By Carlos Ballesteros, Newsweek

"I think it's very uncommon in the First World."

The GOP’s War on Graduate Students: How the House Tax Bill Will Make Graduate School Unaffordable

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

If House Republicans get their way, graduate degrees will become a luxury item for the wealthy

Too Much Christmas Music Really Can Drive You Bonkers, Psychologist Says

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

The endless Xmas playlist is truly maddening for those who can't escape it.

Megyn Kelly to Interview Trump's Alleged Victims of Sexual Assault Ahead of Press Conference

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Cooks will all sit down with the NBC host.

Explosion Reported Near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

Multiple ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.

Similar Goals, Different Approaches: The Stylistic Differences Between the KKK and the Alt-Right

By Beatrice Dupuy, Newsweek

“These people shouldn't even be calling themselves white nationalists,” a Klan leader said about the alt-right.

The Fake Left Rhetoric of Breitbart News

By Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Breitbart’s writers are fond of quoting socialists, sometimes while red-baiting at the same time.

Could the ERA Pass in the #MeToo Era?

By Leigh Ann Wheeler, The Conversation

A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed?

How the Saudis Escalated Yemen Struggle Beyond All Control

By Justin Podur, AlterNet

The Yemen Civil War could have been a local power struggle, if not for the Saudis' heavy hand.

High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sexual Assaults, but Activists Warn Low-Wage Workers Are Still Vulnerable to Abuse

By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

Time Magazine's naming those following in the footsteps of Tarana Burke's anti-sexual-assault #MeToo movement as the Person of the Year doesn't mean problem solved.

Pets as Gifts: Please Don't Surprise Me With a Life Sentence

By Dr. Marc Bekoff, AlterNet

"All I don't want for Christmas is an animal I don't want."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Don’t Worry, Conservatives: 6 Signs Christmas Is Alive and Well

By Liz Posner, AlterNet

As if we needed more evidence that the war on Christmas is a myth.

Restaurants Use Menu Psychology to Make You Spend More Money: Here Are 7 Techniques to Avoid Being Suckered

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

Experts deconstruct the menu-making process to help you order what you actually want.

Conservatives’ Russia Flip-Flop: How Did It Happen?

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Conservatives’ Russia flip-flop: How did it happen?

9 New and Crazy Revelations About Unhinged Trump

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Insiders describe days filled with TV and a dozen Diet Cokes.

European Allies Give Rex Tillerson an Earful about Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

By Tracy Wilkinson, Tribune Washington Bureau

The Jerusalem decision was opposed by nearly every U.S. ally—except Israel.

Theological Scholar Explains Shocking Reason Trump Supporters Celebrated Armageddon at Florida Rally

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

Evangelicals are praying for war in the Middle East.

Alabama’s Other GOP Senator on Roy Moore: 'The Republican Party Can Do Better'

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

'I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore,' Sen. Richard Shelby said on Sunday.

'30 Other People Backed Up those Eight Women': ABC's Martha Raddatz Slams Roy Moore Strategist for Calling Moore's Victims Liars

By David Edwards, Raw Story

Roy Moore campaign strategist Dean Young casually called women liars for accusing the GOP candidate of sexual misconduct.

Trump Appears Delusional—But Then So Is the Republican Party

By Conor Lynch, Salon

Donald Trump has taken the Republican tradition of lying to daring new heights, and so does the Republican Leadership.

Franken and Moore Lesson: 'When It Comes to Sex Scandals, the Politicians... Most Guilty and Least Repentant Are The Ones Who Survive'

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

Yes, dumping Al Franken might cause short-term political pain. Looking ahead, much bigger issues are at stake.

AlterNet's 2017 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide: 16 Gifts Under $100

By Mary Mazzoni, AlterNet

Ditch the mass-produced trinkets and shop for gifts that improve lives and protect the planet.

Segrenomics: Cashing In on Our Unequal Education System Goes Way Back

By Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

Today's Silicon Valley hustlers belong to a long tradition of making money off a segregated education system.

Trump and GOP Tax Cut Is Handing Corporations Like Ford a Giant Incentive to Move Offshore

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

Giant corporations got what they wanted out of Republicans on taxes, now they’re lobbying the Trump administration hard to retain their NAFTA privileges.

With Spinoffs like Goat Yoga and Beer Yoga, What Has Yoga Become?

By Akansha Agrawal, AlterNet

Yoga has been reinvented to fit the needs of those it serves, but in some cases it may have gone too far.

The Folks at Senior Centers Are Using a Lot of Marijuana

By Al Olson, The Fresh Toast

Older Americans are finding relief with medical marijuana.

Tom Morello: Making America Rage Again

By Steve Appleford, Capital and Main

“We’re at a crucial historical juncture, where literally the fate of the planet hangs by a thread,” says rocker Tom Morello. “We are musicians, so our message is in the mosh pit.”

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The U.S. Military Is Bioengineering Plants to Be Spies

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Watch out for that unfamiliar shrub.

Watch Van Jones School a Black Trump Supporter Unfazed by Trump’s Racist History

By Bob Brigham, Raw Story

“It’s easy to show up for a symbol of racial progress, it’s hard to actually stand for the substance of racial progress.”

Trump-Led American Politics Is Swamped by Epidemic of Unprecedented Lying

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Trump will soon tell his 2,000th lie as president. Seventy-one percent of Alabama Republicans believe Roy Moore.

Is the Radical Right Attempting Another Media Takeover?

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

As conservatives consolidate wealth and power, the press has never looked more vulnerable.

As L.A. Burns, Republicans Vote for a Tax Hike on the Victims

By Bob Cesca, Salon

What a perfectly-timed way to pay for tax cuts for the rich: Raising taxes on victims of natural disasters.

Millennials and Capitalism Just Don't Mix

By Emily C. Bell, AlterNet

Data show rising dissatisfaction with economic status quo.

Jeff Sessions Wants to Crack Down on Legal Marijuana—Will Congress Let Him?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

UPDATED: Limits on federal pot prosecution just got a brief extension, but medical marijuana may still be at risk.

Why Trump's Tax Plan Spells Disaster for the Environment

By Erich Pica, AlterNet

People who care about clean air, fresh water, public lands and wildlife are horrified by the GOP's tax plan.

Trump Is on His Way to Corrupting American Democracy Beyond Repair

By Brian Klaas, Hot Books

It turns out, most despots are not only twisted, but also incompetent.

Just How Right-Wing Is Eastern Europe?

By John Feffer, TomDispatch

For starters, it's the birthplace of Trumpism.

Now Joe Arpaio Wants to Run for Jeff Flake's Senate Seat

By Matthew Sheffield, Salon

Fresh from his presidential pardon, the controversial former Arizona lawman says he just might run for Senate.

Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem?

By Hannah Lownsbrough, AlterNet

Clothing companies might be ignoring as much as 90 percent of the climate pollution they generate.

The Woke Slim Shady—Understanding Eminem in the Age of Trump

By Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

With a new album out soon, can he prosper in an age of conscious protest?

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

The most famous whistleblower in America says we are in for colossal damage.